Faculty liaisons are Jamestown Community College faculty members who serve as mentors to the high school instructors. Faculty liaisons are responsible for ensuring that JCC courses taught in the high schools are consistent with the courses taught on campus. They also help to ensure that the highest quality concurrent enrollment courses align with the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP) standards.

Faculty Liaison Responsibilities

Instructor Approval

Academic directors and/or coordinators are responsible for approving the credentials of new instructors. Once credentials have been approved, faculty liaisons conduct classroom observations and/or interviews and make recommendation for approval, provisional approval, or denial for potential instructors. (to meet accreditation standard F1)


Liaisons provide orientation to instructors during the interview/approval process. Liaisons introduce instructors to course philosophy and competencies and assist with the implementation of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessments. They also discuss course syllabi and textbooks. (to meet accreditation standard F2)

Course Syllabi Review

Liaisons review syllabi and complete the syllabus review form for each course that they oversee. (to meet accreditation standard A1)

Classroom Observations

Classroom observations help to ensure that college courses offered through College Connections are consistent with those taught on campus. They also offer the opportunity for collegial interaction between campus and College Connections instructors. Faculty liaisons conduct classroom observations the first two times a course is offered and then at the discretion of the liaison. At minimum, a classroom observation is completed once every three years, which is consistent with JCC’s classroom observation policy for part-time faculty. (to meet accreditation standard C3)

Faculty liaisons complete classroom observation reports for each visit and submit them to the College Connections office. During semesters in which classroom observations do not occur, it is expected that faculty liaisons maintain close communication with their instructors through phone, email, and informal visits. This communication is documented in a course oversight form. Fall observation forms and course oversight forms are due by January 30; full year and spring observation forms or course oversight forms are due by June 30.

Professional Development

All high school instructors are required to attend 1.5 days of professional development each year (a full day in the fall and a half day in the spring). Liaisons provide discipline-specific professional development opportunities for ongoing, collegiate interaction, to address course content, delivery, assessment, evaluation, and/or research and development in the field. Workshops may be done in conjunction with other departmental liaisons as long as the overall workshop is approved by College Connections. (to meet accreditation standard F3)

Liaisons are not required to attend if their teacher(s) will not be attending. If liaison faculty are unable to attend, they are responsible for making alternative arrangements with another liaison to work with their instructor(s).

Department Assessment

As needed, faculty liaisons also assist with assessment.